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Are skincare topicals more effective when rubbed in?

There are new scientific studies that show it's probably best to rub or apply pressure when applying skin topicals: it can actually increase penetration.

Depending on the specific rubbing experiment, there was a two- to three-fold increase in product retained in full-thickness skin with rubbing than without.

"While these findings cannot be generalized to all skin care and cosmetic ingredients, they provide a basis and preliminary evidence suggesting that massage can be an important factor when treating skin. Its influence may be compounded by specific physiochemical properties of the chemical as well as the duration, pressure, and quantity of application. In the meantime, rubbing is just one of many variables influencing efficacy that await in-depth evaluation."

See more here:
http://www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/research/universitydata/Skin-Care-Gets-a-Good-Rub-Down-The-Role-Massage-Plays-in-Cosmetic-and-Skin-Care-382510341.html

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WHICH serum to use?! I'm confused... they all look good.


What the best serum to use?

All of our serums perform different functions,
and all of them can work together.
A few of them pair together more intuitively.

Here's a breakdown.



FOR HAIR & SCALP


All of our hair stimulating products work wonderfully together.

• Our "hero product" RevivHair Max Stimulating Serum is applied daily, and is a leave-in serum. If you're looking for hair stimulation and grey hair reversal, try our new RevivHair REV ingredient booster for Max.

• RevivScalp Rejuvenating Scalp Serum Masque is a pre-shampoo serum for cranky scalp issues and hair thinning, and is left on the scalp for 10-30 minutes before shampooing.

• Our RevivHair Stimulating Shampoo & Conditioner and remarkable new RevivHair Placode Booster Serum (used 3-4 times a year) round out this product line perfectly.

• RevivLash Lash & Brow Stimulating Serum targets eyelash & eyebrow density & fullness. 

We recommend using all these products together to address hair loss and thinning hair issues. For the budget-conscious, landmark RevivHair Max  Stimulating Serum would be the first choice.


FOR THE FACE


Our latest invention, TelomErase 6-in-1 Multi-Corrective Serum is the current benchmark. We recommend this stellar treatment serum to all our customers.

TelomErase Serum has the same base as our very-popular Ultimate Serum, but also has instant skin tightening, more wrinkle blurring, and the latest in long-term anti-aging telomere support. It is also even more moisturizing than the Ultimate Serum. Many customers have "graduated" to this new serum.

Not to discount renowned Ultimate Serum: it has a number of novel ingredients not found in TelomErase, like alpha-arbutin for brightening and extra stem cells, growth factors & peptides for long-term anti-aging. It's also a favorite of customers who have previously used TNS® Essential Serum from SkinMedica®. If you use these two serums together, we recommend TelomErase in the morning, and Ultimate Serum at night.


Revivinol "Unretinol" Serum is another one of our unique serums we recommend to everyone, and all skin types. A daily skin renewal regimen with a retinol is essential, and Revivinol is unique in that it has all the benefits of a retinol/retinoid WITHOUT the side effects. Read more.


Reviv-C 36% Vitamin C Serum with Phloretin, Ferulic Acid, & Kakadu Plum is unique, and a rather standalone product that we always recommend. We lose a teaspoon of collagen from our faces every year after age 30. Ascorbic Acid is required to produce collagen, but our bodies don't make it. And cutaneous (skin) levels cannot be achieved well by ingestion, hence topical application is essential. The "gold standard" is ethylated L-ascorbic acid, included with Reviv-C Serum, and at a very high concentration. Powerhouse Reviv-C also brightens, and zaps blemishes, and stimulates the skin's defenses against damage.


Since hydration is different than moisturization, and most skin is dehydrated, we also always recommend our remarkable HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum for hydration & plumping, as well as its anti-pollution & anti-stress effects (one of the great benefits of the award-winning Neurophroline® ingredient).


Our Copper Peptide Healing Serum contains a great copper peptide that is a wonderful active for skin. Because it generally cannot be combined in high concentration with vitamin C, it is a standalone product. It is not necessary to apply the copper peptide in the Healing Serum every day to achieve results (targeting inflammation, healing, and overall rejuvenation). You might reserve daily use of Copper Peptide Serum more to address specific, acute issues that may arise, like irritation, sunburn, rash, windburn, post-procedure, etc.



OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY


All of our facial serums can be used on the neck, hands and chest. TelomErase Serum and Ultimate Serum can be applied to the upper eyelid area, but be careful not to get it in your eyes.

Our RevivSculpt Transforming Body Serum is, of course, meant for the body, but can also be used on the face although it is a bit occlusive.

For stellar lip renewal, try our RevivLip Lip Serum System.

All our facial serums can also be applied to the lips, with caution, although only RevivLip has been tested on that area.




Further questions about how our product work together?! Send us a note.

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Is RevivHair Max Serum a cosmetic or a drug?

RevivHair Max Hair Stimulating Serum is a cosmetic. As a cosmetics company, we are legally bound by U.S. FDA rules and regulations. And the FDA's definition of a cosmetic: a product that is "for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance" and does not "affect the structure or any function of the body" which would make the product a "drug."

When developing products we often have to walk a fine line when it comes to formulating for efficacy and marketing claims. We cannot say that, for instance, a product "will grow hair." We have to be very specific about terminology. In fact, in general we don't use any specific claims for a particular product. Any claim verbiage we use is strictly related to the individual raw ingredients we utilize, and we use only major manufacturer data -- who are also under U.S. FDA regulations about what they can claim and what they cannot. Our manufacturer claim data is legitimate, bonafide, and accurate (and googleable).

So while we of course cannot say that RevivHair will "grow hair," we can say it may very well help provide the optimal environment for strong, healthy, thick looking hair. That may sound like marketing gobbledygook, but it's the law.

But what about "cosmeceuticals?" Aren't they a "drug?" From our colleagues at The Chemist Corner:


One other classification of products is cosmeceuticals. The oft-controversial but significant contributor to our field, dermatologist Dr. Albert Kligman, coined the term cosmeceutical almost 30 years ago. He defined cosmeceuticals as topically applied products that do have a physiological effect on the skin. The industry was quick to respond because the potential regulation of cosmetics as drugs could cripple innovation due to time and cost. Kligman, however, intended to draw attention to the potential biological effects of all cosmetics that did not just merely camouflage or add color. In fact he said it was “scientifically silly to pretend that cosmetics did not do anything” and that cosmetics might actually be doing a lot of good.

The term cosmeceutical is not recognized as part of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. But whether you agree or disagree, this term has become part of our consumer’s vernacular. The controversy and conversation the term has created remains, in my mind, one of Kligman’s great contributions to cosmetic science.

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Head To Head Comparison: Ultimate Serum™ vs. SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum® and TNS® Advanced+

Ultimate Serum "Compare To" product to TNS Essential Serum from SkinMedica | Larger, Cheaper, 23 same ingredients

Ultimate Serum
is the first direct competitor to award-winning TNS Essential Serum® (NEWBEAUTY™ Beauty Choice Award Winner and InStyle™ Beauty Award Winner) by SkinMedica® which is now owned by Allergan, Inc. The patent on the TNS product relates to the medium called NouriCel-MD®, a "proprietary blend" of growth factors. We at Reviv Serums outflank this patent by simply providing our growth factors in a different conditioned media. In addition to the growth factors, we also include 42 of the top primary ingredients in TNS Essential Serum, and leapfrog by adding two of cosmetic chemistry's latest ingredients: stem cells and hexapeptides.

With our latest version of Ultimate Serum, we've added 10+ primary actives from SkinMedica's "upgrade" to TNS Essential Serum, TNS® Advanced +.

Regarding the percentage of growth factors in each product: In actuality, the growth factors in both products are quantities measured in micrograms. TNS just lists "conditioned media" as the first ingredient, and does not break down the quantities of the actual factors like EGF, KGF, VEGF, IGF, TGF, etc. Growth factors are signaling molecules, therefore very little volume/quantity is required to be active and effective (they are measured in micrograms, one millionth of a gram). Like a spark plug, a little bit will go a very long way, and more that the recommended quantity is not "better." As for the other non growth factor primary ingredients, they're the same - plus we add the PhytoCellTec® Stem Cells, hexapeptides, SYN-TC peptides, and microbiome probiotic technology.

Ultimate Serum is 70% larger than either TNS product (50 mL / 1.69 FL OZ vs. 1.0 OZ) and yet is just about a third of the cost of TNS Essential Serum's hefty price of $281.00 and TNS Advanced Plus' $295.00.

Ultimate Serum contains a safe Ecocert preservative — Optiphen Plus.

Ultimate Serum is really 11 different products in one:

 

• A brightening product
• An antioxidant serum
• A firming and tightening product
• An anti-inflammatory
• A peptide serum
• A green tea complex product
• A vitamin C serum
• A sebum controller
• A collagen stimulator serum
• A growth factor serum
• A moisturizer and light emollient

 

It’s the ultimate rejuvenator in a single serum. Navigate to its product page here.

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